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ERIC Number: EJ830258
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1357-3322
High School Student Attitudes about Physical Education
Rikard, G. Linda; Banville, Dominique
Sport, Education and Society, v11 n4 p385-400 Nov 2006
This study examined attitudes of high school students toward fitness and sports activities taught in physical education, and the perceived effectiveness of their physical education curriculum for improving their fitness and skill levels. Students from six high schools and 17 intact physical education classes agreed to participate. Data were collected using a questionnaire completed by 515 students, 159 of whom participated in focus group interviews. Results indicated student preference for a wider variety in sport and fitness activities, an increase in level of challenge in physical education classes, and an increase in student motivation for participating in activities outside of school. Student attitudes were accepting or tolerant of participation in fitness activities due to known health benefits. Most students liked physical education class that included some form of game play. In addition, they stressed the need for adding interesting activities that included active participation while having fun. Student recommendations included strategies for improving instruction and for grouping students by skill levels for appropriate challenge. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A